British parents currently pay the highest childcare bills in Europe. A family with two children - one pre-school and one at school needing after school and holiday care - typically faces childcare bills of around pounds 6,000 per annum. More than a third of women who did not return to work after their baby's birth said it was because they could not afford childcare.
Collette Kelleher, director of the Daycare Trust, said: "There is a strong business case for investing in childcare ... Employers have an important role to play and significant benefits to gain by developing childcare."Reuse content